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Assuming What Would Be Made The intention of this show was for three artists to work from a common fulcrum. The choice of William Pope. L as that fulcrum provides, for me anyway, a certain visceral model to work from. I should say “work away from” given that there is no small amount of trepidation for 3 white dudes appropriating the work of a highly political, iconoclastic black artist. It’s a project bound to fail. But on another level this sort of thing may in fact extend his work in absentia. A hundred years ago Picasso stole an entire aesthetic from the continent of Africa, today we are stealing one from one man (at least we give credit where its due!) But I think that the real impetus is to simply wonder what he would do if he were here doing what he does. Instead of that, we have this.

Leon Castelli Group  

Leon Castelli Group interprets William Pope.L

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